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Golden Oldies

first_imgEvery once in a while I like to play my old records that go back to the 1950’s. Oh, what a kinder, slower time those 50’s were. Baseball was played every day of the week except for Monday, and every big day–like Memorial Day–you could count on a doubleheader. Players stayed with their teams for long periods of time and the majority stayed for a whole career. Every Sunday you could find a local team playing or you could easily get up a game somewhere if you just looked for a few minutes. Kids played football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track or baseball in the spring. Now almost every sport plays 12 months a year and each sport has to fight for their time. Kids traded baseball cards not packets of drugs, and they had to watch TV if they wanted to do something electronic. You could watch college football on TV, but not for 12 consecutive hours on several outlets. A trip to Crosley Field was a family outing that didn’t require a couple of hundred dollar bills to pay for the tickets and buy some refreshments. Nobody heard of free agency and the Yankees won because they drafted well and not because they bought all the players from the Royals. Oh, for the good old days of sports! You gathered around one TV to catch a big game, not go to a sports bar and see it on a dozen or so TVs. And best of all, games did not start at 4:10 for the sake of TV.last_img read more

In good hands with Bielema

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoSitting at a banquet at a table with other writers during the week leading up to the Capital One Bowl, we were joined by a surprise guest.Defensive coordinator and future University of Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema pulled up a chair and visited with us — well, mostly just one of us — for a few minutes. Even though I wasn’t the one he was interested in talking with, I still felt like I was witnessing something special.Sitting there, I just couldn’t picture Barry Alvarez grabbing a seat at a table full of members of the media, especially with hundreds of boosters at dozens of tables surrounding us.At the same time, this gesture didn’t surprise me. For one, he was getting chummy with one of the beat writers from one of the three major papers in the state of Wisconsin — a pretty smart move.But it also failed to catch me off guard, because talking to him in the past two seasons, I’ve realized that, beyond being a good coach, Bielema is also really a good guy. One that, if it weren’t for UW hockey captain Adam Burish, would be at the top of my list of people to listen to as far as interviews are concerned.Let’s just say that after meeting and interviewing him for the first time two years ago, I already knew he was going to be a head coach.I wasn’t sure it would be here at Wisconsin, but I thought it should be. I even had a column ready to run that would have told the athletic director in Alvarez to make sure he had this guy locked up in the UW program.Of course, after a 9-3 season that very few saw coming, it seemed like it would be inappropriate for me to call out Alvarez, ask him to step down and tell him to make Bielema the head coach right then and there.Then again, little did I know that that was exactly what would happen just a few months down the road when Alvarez announced over the summer that the 2005 season would be his last, and Bielema would assume the throne.Some of you might not believe that whole story, but I promise you it’s true and I don’t regret not running it, because I still think I would have looked insane.Instead, it is Alvarez who looks like a genius, and granted, the move shows he is very smart.Though Bielema has already been on the recruiting trail and has also been putting together his assistant coaching staff, he officially claims the title as head football coach today, and let’s just say the program is in good stands.There is some hard and fast evidence.First off, his defensive unit was criticized all year long for its efforts, yet it passed its test against a solid Auburn team Jan. 2. But that’s just the start.Today, along with Bielema’s first official day on the job, is official signing day. Expected to be included on Wisconsin’s list are a pair of four-star players — according to Scout.com — 12th-ranked wide receiver Lance Kendricks and 22nd-ranked offensive lineman Jake Bscherer.The class should also include eight three-star prospects according to the same website.No, this is not an out-of-this-world class — Scout has it listed as the 35th best in the country — it is a solid start to Bielema’s career. And considering the recruiting resumes of he and his assistants, this is just the beginning.The latest of those assistant coaching additions is Bob Palcic. In a move announced Tuesday, Bielema hired Palcic to take over as offensive line coach, replacing Jim Hueber, who moved on to the Minnesota Vikings.Palcic joins Mike Hankwitz as one of the two newest veteran assistants, as Bielema has put together an outstanding combination of young up-and-comers and veterans with solid resumes.Along with keeping Henry Mason and Paul Chryst on board, the new head coach has hired Dave Doeren and Kerry Cooks, two upstart coaches — much like himself. The only negative to these coaches is that they are going places, and who knows how long they will be at Wisconsin?Nonetheless, though it is just Bielema’s first real day on the job, he has already made a variety of decisions — all of which will have a positive impact on the program.But there are, of course, things that Bielema will need to work on. There always are with head coaches who take their first jobs.He could start by issuing an official wave goodbye to running back Booker Stanley — a boot out the door that is long overdue and would be a strong move to show what kind of players he wants on his team.And why not give some love to the little guys. While those of us at smaller newspapers may not be the ones people look to for the best opinions on your coaching prowess, it couldn’t hurt to sit down and have a chat with us, if you get a chance.You know we would invite it after having some head coaches throw questions back in our faces or answer our questions with long, vague stories from their childhood. Though feel free to share those in passing as well.last_img read more

Minnesota transfer joins men’s basketball team

first_imgUSC men’s basketball received yet another transfer last week — Minnesota’s Charles Buggs. Buggs, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, started 21 games for the Golden Gophers last season and averaged 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in field goal percentage (.462), third in free throw shooting (.769) and 3-point shooting (.319).Buggs, who has one more year of eligibility, will be eligible to play for the Trojans immediately because he graduated from Minnesota last month and has chosen to pursue a graduate degree at USC.He will be an important asset off the bench for Coach Andy Enfield, who has lost three big men this offseason. The first to go was forward Malik Martin, who averaged 1.8 points in 6.6 minutes per game. Next, forward Darion Clark who managed 4.6 rebounds per game despite only averaging 11 minutes per contest through an injury-laden season. And, most notably, starting center Nikola Jovanovic who averaged 12.1 points per game as well as 7.0 rebounds.Buggs cannot fill this entire void, but his 6’9”, 230 lb. frame is sorely needed in USC’s front court which has all of a sudden become very undersized. Buggs will be the biggest man off the bench, and while he cannot rebound like Clark or shoot like Jovanovic, he will be a solid rotational player when either Bennie Boatwright or Chimezie Metu have to leave the floor.Buggs will likely be the third forward on Enfield’s depth chart, behind the aforementioned sophomores and ahead of two incoming three-star recruits.First is Nick Rakocevic, listed at 6’10” 210 lb. from St. Joseph High in Illinois and then Harrison Henderson, a 6’9”, 200 lb. from South Grand Prairie High in Texas.Aside from Buggs, the Trojans front court is young and wild. Last year, Boatwright and Metu combined to average 2.3 turnovers per 40 minutes — an unsatisfactory mark for guys who mostly play off the ball. Additionally, Boatwright struggled shooting from inside the arc, making only 44 percent of two-point attempts.Buggs — a graduate student with four years of college basketball experience and 28 career starts — might just make his biggest impact next year as a mentor to USC’s young forwards. He knows what he would do differently as an underclassman and can help the younger student-athletes mature both on and off the court.Buggs was the second player last week to transfer to USC, making his decision four days after Duke transfer Derryck Thornton. Thornton, a point guard, will have to sit out next season, but even he will have valuable wisdom to share with USC’s young squad after learning under Coach Krzyzewski and starting through a Sweet Sixteen run.Because of Thornton’s splash, Buggs’ move went under the radar. But his importance on the Trojans will not. In his final year of eligibility, Buggs will want to leave his mark at USC.He will play quality minutes as the first or second power forward off the bench. Moreover, his maturity will help USC’s young stars stay composed both on and off the court. He certainly fills a sizeable portion of the void left by USC’s spring exodus of big men.last_img read more

Noah Affolder, Aidan Tooker advance to NCAA steeplechase final

first_img Published on June 6, 2018 at 11:02 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman The first night of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was the last night of the season for SU’s Matt Moore, who failed to advance to the 110-meter hurdles final, and Colin Bennie, who claimed ninth place in the 10K final. But Wednesday was not the end for steeples Aidan Tooker and Noah Affolder, who qualified for the final.The strategy for the SU steeples was clear: hang back until the last few laps, then burst into the top five places to qualify for the final. The plan worked for sophomore Tooker and freshman Affolder, who will both represent Syracuse in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase final on Friday.In the steeplechase semifinal, both Tooker (8:40.24) and Affolder (8:40.36) qualified for the final by finishing in the top five in their heats. Tooker recorded the fifth-fastest time and Affolder, who won his heat, finished seventh overall.In the first heat, Tooker paced himself in the back of the pack for the majority of the race until surging in the final lap. He barely finished in the top five, leaning past the finish line 0.01 seconds before Houston’s Brian Barraza.Like Tooker, Affolder hung back before making his move with two laps to go. Affolder briefly overtook everyone to start the final lap, jockeying for position with Stanford’s Steven Fahy. Fahy stumbled through the last water trap and Affolder muscled past him to win the heat with a personal-best time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor most of the 10K race, Bennie lurked around tenth place, within striking distance. He could not create separation when the leaders picked up the pace for the final lap, and settled into ninth place, capping a four-year career for the Orange.In the 110-meter hurdles, Moore crossed fifth in the third heat, wrapping up a stellar season in which he earned an honorable mention to the All-American team. Although he cleared every hurdle cleanly, he did not have the pace to keep up with the top runners from Illinois, LSU and Florida State.The action resumes tomorrow at 7:32 p.m. ET when Paige Stoner looks to continue her dominance in the women’s 3000m steeplechase semifinal. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dragan Mišković is the chess champion of Vitez

first_imgSenior championship of Chess club ”Vitez” has been played in the premises of Chess club ”Vitez”.The championship was played according to Berger’s system in 7 rounds with tempo of the play of 45 minutes. The competition was opened by president of the chess club Ivo Garić.After all seven rounds, Dragan Mišković won the 1st place with 5 points, followed by Denis and Dejan Marjanović.last_img

NFL schedule Week 4: What games are on today? TV channels, times, scores

first_img Monday, Sept. 30GameTimeTVCincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers8:15 p.m.ESPNHow to watch, live stream NFL gamesThis week’s primetime matchups are some of the most compelling games on the schedule. The Thursday night matchup between Green Bay and Philadelphia, along with the Sunday night game between Dallas and New Orleans, can be streamed on fuboTV. Finally, the Steelers and Bengals face off on “Monday Night Football.”Games can also be streamed with NFL Sunday Ticket. That will offer live streaming for any NFL game not subject to local blackout restrictions. Replays of all games can be streamed on NFL Game Pass. Note: National broadcasts are listed in boldNFL scores Week 4Thursday, Sept. 26GamePhiladelphia Eagles 34, Green Bay Packers 27 Sunday, Sept. 29GameTennessee Titans 24, Atlanta Falcons 10New York Giants 24, Washington Redskins 3Los Angeles Chargers 30, Miami Dolphins 10Oakland Raiders 31, Indianapolis Colts 24Carolina Panthers 16, Houston Texans 10Kansas City Chiefs 34, Detroit Lions 30Cleveland Browns 40, Baltimore Ravens 25New England Patriots 16, Buffalo Bills 10Tampa Bay Buccaneers 55, Los Angeles Rams 40Seattle Seahawks 27, Arizona Cardinals 10Chicago Bears 16, Minnesota Vikings 6Jacksonville Jaguars 26, Denver Broncos 24Saints 12, Cowboys 10 Monday, Sept. 30GameCincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers On Thursday night, the Packers host the Eagles in a game that will be crucial to Philadelphia’s attempts to overcome its 1-2 start. The Eagles may pose the biggest test for 3-0 Green Bay to this point.MORE: Watch NFL Week 4 games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Patriots face the Bills in a matchup of undefeated teams that nonetheless will have New England as the clear favorite, despite being the visitors. If Buffalo can defend its home turf, though, the Bills would suddenly demand significant respect in the AFC.Kansas City visits Detroit in another battle of undefeateds, though the Lions do have a tie on their record, making it another game the visitors will be expected to win.The Monday night game between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati should give one team its first win of the season, though expectations for each squad going forward shouldn’t change much following the game.Below you’ll find a full schedule for every NFL game in Week 4, plus live scores and TV information updated throughout the weekend.NFL schedule Week 4: What games are on today?Here’s the full schedule for Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats and more. A potential playoff preview Sunday night highlights the NFL Week 4 schedule, which features two games between undefeated teams and one between winless squads.The Cowboys visit the Saints on Sunday night for a clash of NFC favorites. Dallas has looked the part of Super Bowl contender early, but its favorable schedule through the first three games gives way to a tough trip to New Orleans this week.last_img read more

Super Bowl winners by team: Who has the most championships in NFL history?

first_imgNew England joined the Steelers with an NFL-leading sixth Super Bowl win, while the Cowboys and 49ers have five apiece. The Bills and Vikings are tied for most Super Bowl appearances without a win at 0-4. Buffalo, of course, lost four straight from 1991-94. SUPER BOWL 2020:Expert predictions | SN’s pick against spreadList of Super Bowl appearances, record by NFL teamRkTmGWLW-L%PFPAPDStarting QB(s)1.Pittsburgh Steelers862.750193164+29Terry Bradshaw (4-0) Neil O’Donnell (0-1) Ben Roethlisberger (2-1)2.New England Patriots1165.545246282-36Drew Bledsoe (0-1) Tom Brady (6-3) Tony Eason (0-1)3.San Francisco 49ers651.833219123+96Colin Kaepernick (0-1) Joe Montana (4-0) Steve Young (1-0)4.Dallas Cowboys853.625221132+89Troy Aikman (3-0) Craig Morton (0-1) Roger Staubach (2-2)5.Green Bay Packers541.800158101+57Brett Favre (1-1) Aaron Rodgers (1-0) Bart Starr (2-0)6.New York Giants541.8001041040Kerry Collins (0-1) Jeff Hostetler (1-0) Eli Manning (2-0) Phil Simms (1-0)7.Oakland Raiders532.600132114+18Rich Gannon (0-1) Daryle Lamonica (0-1) Jim Plunkett (2-0) Ken Stabler (1-0)8.Washington Redskins532.600122103+19Billy Kilmer (0-1) Mark Rypien (1-0) Joe Theismann (1-1) Doug Williams (1-0)9.Denver Broncos835.375147259-112John Elway (2-3) Peyton Manning (1-1) Craig Morton (0-1)10.Baltimore Ravens2201.0006838+30Trent Dilfer (1-0) Joe Flacco (1-0)11.Indianapolis Colts422.5006977-8Peyton Manning (1-1) Earl Morrall (0-1) Johnny Unitas (1-0)12.Miami Dolphins523.40074103-29Bob Griese (2-1) Dan Marino (0-1) David Woodley (0-1)13.New Orleans Saints1101.0003117+14Drew Brees (1-0)14.New York Jets1101.000167+9Joe Namath (1-0)15.Tampa Bay Buccaneers1101.0004821+27Brad Johnson (1-0)16.Chicago Bears211.5006339+24Rex Grossman (0-1) Jim McMahon (1-0)17.Kansas City Chiefs211.5003342-9Len Dawson (1-1)18.Philadelphia Eagles312.3337284-12Nick Foles (1-0) Ron Jaworski (0-1) Donovan McNabb (0-1)19.Los Angeles Rams413.2506280-18Vince Ferragamo (0-1) Kurt Warner (1-1) Jared Goff (0-1)20.Seattle Seahawks312.3337757+20Matt Hasselbeck (0-1) Russell Wilson (1-1)21.Buffalo Bills404.00073139-66Jim Kelly (0-4)22.Minnesota Vikings404.0003495-61Joe Kapp (0-1) Fran Tarkenton (0-3)23.Atlanta Falcons202.0004768-21Chris Chandler (0-1) Matt Ryan (0-1)24.Carolina Panthers202.0003956-17Jake Delhomme (0-1) Cam Newton (0-1)25.Cincinnati Bengals202.0003746-9Ken Anderson (0-1) Boomer Esiason (0-1)26.Arizona Cardinals101.0002327-4Kurt Warner (0-1)27.Tennessee Titans101.0001623-7Steve McNair (0-1)28.Los Angeles Chargers101.0002649-23Stan Humphries (0-1)(Data via Pro Football Reference) NFL teams that have never played in a Super BowlFour franchises have never played for a championship in the NFL’s history.TeamPlayoff recordLast playoff appearanceCleveland Browns16-202002Jacksonville Jaguars7-72017Detroit Lions7-132016Houston Texans3-52018 After the Patriots’ victory last year in Super Bowl 53, their sixth in nine trips under quarterback Tom Brady, and with the 49ers having a chance to match them in Super Bowl 54, many might wonder how their own teams stack up in the history books.Of the 28 franchises to have played in a Super Bowl, 20 have actually won a championship.last_img read more

Grassley following guidelines, wearing mask in return to Washington

first_imgWASHINGTON — At 86 years old, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is among the older, more vulnerable Iowans who are supposed to be especially careful during the coronavirus pandemic.Grassley joined his colleagues in the U.S. Capitol on Monday as lawmakers gathered in person for the first time since mid-March. The Republican from New Hartford says he’s following all the prescribed health guidelines.“So, I do wear a mask,” Grassley says. “I wear one of these homemade masks. I think it feels better and works better for me.” Maintaining a six-foot social distance isn’t a problem, he says, as only one-fifth of his staff is in the office each day, Monday through Friday, and they’re working from home the other four days.Many Iowans who are considered “essential” have continued going to work during the pandemic, even though they likely didn’t want to do so, and Grassley sees himself as no different. “I’m elected as a senator for the people of Iowa and I have a job to do for Iowans,” Grassley says. “They need representation during this difficult time and I’m doing it. I think I’m taking all of the precautions.”Grassley says he’s washing his hands “all the time” and using a disinfectant on a regular basis. He says he’s back in Washington D.C. because “the people’s work must go on.” “The virus has taken tens of thousands of lives and created a real economic mess,” he says. “Congress has already passed legislation totaling nearly three-trillion dollars to combat the virus and we’ll consider additional action if it becomes necessary.”Caucus and committee meetings are starting today in larger rooms and Grassley says they’ll spread out with just three senators each at tables that normally seat eight.last_img read more

Middlesex Golf win County of the Year Award

first_imgMiddlesex Golf, which speaks with one voice for all its members, has won England Golf’s County of the Year Award, sponsored by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC.The organisation, which was created last year by a merger of the men’s union and the women’s association, was hailed at last night’s England Golf Awards, sponsored by Bridgestone.Almost 500 guests gathered at the Royal Lancaster London to celebrate all that’s great about golf in England and applauded Middlesex Golf for its modernising move to grow the game.The judges commented: “Middlesex has adopted a modern and effective Board and led the way for other counties which are merging. They have worked hard to modernise the county structure and taken the opportunity to implement new initiatives to help grow the game in their county.”Middlesex Golf represents 33 golf clubs and its creation offers them a more efficient, streamlined and professional service. Now, they’re sharing the experience with other counties which are considering merger.County secretary Jason Mitchell said: “The merger was a huge amount of work but it was 100% worth it. It is fantastic to gain recognition for what we have achieved in the last year and we are very proud to win this award.“During 2017, we demonstrated innovation, determination, a willingness to learn, and commitment to the cause. We understand our limitations, but strive to punch above our weight.”The merger was unanimously approved by both the men’s and women’s organisations and took place last April, after 18 months of preparation.“The men and women had worked together in lots of ways,” said Jason. “We had mixed officials at competitions and mixed coaching sessions at grass roots, so it was an ideal time to move forward. The feedback from the clubs has been superb.”Middlesex Golf’s aims include working to improve communications with members with an updated website and a new database of club contacts. It want to grow the number of juniors, increase entry in competitions and forge improved relationships with golf ranges, which are pathways to club membership.The county has also just held its first Awards night – following the example from England Golf. The event proved hugely successful and was a sellout with 275 people attending – far exceeding the numbers which previously supported the men’s county dinner. “We were so pleased with that great representation from our clubs,” said Jason.The runner-up for the County of the Year award was Cheshire.Representatives of Middlesex Golf were presented with their award by Richard Payne of SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. 22 Feb 2018 Middlesex Golf win County of the Year Award Tags: Award, County of the Year, Middlesexlast_img read more

Bounce goes against Mets in 3-2 loss to streaking Pirates

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte, left, Travis Snider, center, and Andrew McCutchen celebrate after a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Sunday, May 12, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)by Howie RumbergNEW YORK (AP) — For a split second, Lucas Duda’s sharp grounder looked as if it was going to lift the Mets out of their doldrums.An unfortunate bounce later, New York was headed toward another loss in a season in which they are rapidly mounting.Duda’s grounder down the first-base line with runners on second and third hit the bag and caromed straight up in the air. That allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates to get the third out of the eighth inning of a 3-2 victory Sunday, sending the Mets to their third straight loss in the four-game series.“It’s cliché to say it, but when times are tough, when it rains, it pours,” said Mike Baxter, who had a tying single in the seventh.The Mets lost for the fourth time on a just-completed six-game homestand in which they went 7 for 40 (.175) with runners in scoring position, including 1 for 7 Sunday. They have lost 11 of 15 following a 10-9 start.“You talk about how we’re snake bit, but that’s just part of the game,” Collins said. “What’s the next thing that’s going to keep us from having a big game? But we won two games on this homestand by getting a couple of big hits. We’ve just got to start hitting with guys in scoring position like we did early and we did last year in the first half.”Pedro Alvarez broke a 2-all tie with an RBI single in the eighth after Matt Harvey left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.Mets relievers had pitched 13 innings over the previous three games, so manager Terry Collins was looking for another deep effort from Harvey in his 18th big league start following a nine-inning, one-hit gem on Tuesday.Scott Rice (1-2) walked Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen with one out in the eighth before Brandon Lyon walked pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez. Lyon struck out pinch-hitter Jose Tabata, then gave way to closer Bobby Parnell.Alvarez, who played high school ball in New York City, singled to left-center for a 3-2 lead.“We’ve been hit now with a two-headed monster: We’re not hittin’ and we’re not pitchin’, Collins said. “Certainly, we’ve got to get it going and there’s no secret formula how to do it.”The Mets had an opportunity in the eighth against Mark Melancon, putting runners on first and third with one out. Ike Davis struck out as David Wright swiped second — New York’s fourth stolen base of the day — and Duda hit a sharp grounder that struck first base and shot straight up in the air. Second baseman Brandon Inge fielded the ball and tossed to Melancon for the final out of the inning, drawing gasps from many of the 28,404 in attendance.“Inge stayed with the play, Melancon finished his route right to the bag, and we get the out,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Our guys didn’t quit once maybe a little adversity was thrown at them.”Said Duda: “Anything could happen in that situation. You didn’t know which way it was going to ricochet or what’s going to happen. But it is what it is.”Jason Grilli pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th straight save to start the season.Jeanmar Gomez gave the Pirates another solid start in place of injured James McDonald, yielding one run in five innings. But Pittsburgh’s bullpen gave up the lead in the seventh on Baxter’s looping single off Justin Wilson (3-0) that tied it at 2.Baxter, a pinch-hitting specialist with two game-winning hits this week — including one in Thursday’s the series opener — got a start Sunday. He drove in John Buck, who walked and advanced on a wild pitch, with the Mets’ first hit since a one-out single in the second. Baxter then stole second, and third when Juan Lagares struck out for the second out.Collins tried to jolt his lineup by restoring slumping sluggers Davis and Duda back into the middle of the order, and the move paid quick dividends when Duda homered to center field. Hitless in his previous nine at-bats, Duda ran around the bases in his pink spikes on Mother’s Day as New York went up 1-0.Davis went 0 for 4, his average falling to .180.The no-nonsense Harvey appeared out of sorts from the start — maybe it was Buck using pink stick-ons on his fingernails rather than the usual white to make pitch signs more easily readable.Relying more heavily on his slider and curveball than a fastball that reaches 98 mph, Harvey gave up two runs in the third, and it could’ve been worse if Lagares hadn’t made a sensational catch in center field.After Clint Barmes led off with his second homer of the season, Gomez hit a sinking liner and Lagares reached low to get his glove on the ball, which popped out as he stumbled forward. Lagares’ momentum carried him into a dive and he made the catch — for good — as he fell to the turf.Harvey then loaded the bases on two walks around a single. Garrett Jones hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead, and Jordy Mercer had an inning-ending popout.Still, the 24-year-old right-hander gave up little to the Pirates on a day when he struck out a season-low four. Harvey allowed two runs and five hits. He also walked two and plunked his first batter of the year.“It was tough. It was definitely a battle. You’re going to have those days. You’re not going to have your pinpoint location every time,” he said. “I needed to put up zeros today, and I wasn’t able to do that, but I was happy that I went seven innings and gave us a chance to win.”NOTES: The Mets recalled RHP Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas and placed RHP Jeurys Familia on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 9, because of right biceps tendinitis.last_img read more